Company News: Donations Support Food-Insecure Families During Pandemic

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Smithfield Culinary Donates $25,000 to the Ferdinand Metz ACF Relief Fund to Support Foodservice Industry Professionals Impacted by COVID-19

Smithfield Culinary, the foodservice unit of Smithfield Foods, has donated $25,000 to the Ferdinand Metz American Culinary Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to chefs, culinarians, and foodservice workers across America who are experiencing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a release from the company.

COVID-19 has impacted all industries, but the foodservice industry may be one of the hardest hit, the company says. With approximately 14 million people in America employed by the foodservice industry, a staggering number of individuals have been laid off, furloughed, or have had their hours reduced. Smithfield Culinary was moved to support their industry partners by reducing the financial impact on individuals and their families who are suffering severe economic consequences of this crisis.

One hundred percent of the Ferdinand Metz ACF Relief Fund’s proceeds will go to providing grants to foodservice workers. All foodservice industry employees may apply for a grant regardless of their segment, and $500 grants will be given directly to qualified individuals on a first-come first-served basis, the release says.

“The ingenuity and determination we’ve seen from restaurant employees has been nothing short of amazing,” says Ed Wayda, senior brand manager for Smithfield Culinary, in the release. “We hope the grants will lessen the burden we know many are experiencing due to COVID-19.”

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Smithfield Foods Partners with NASCAR Driver Aric Almirola for Good Food Challenge

Sunday, May 17, the NASCAR season will officially resume at Darlington Raceway following a nine-week suspension due to COVID-19. To celebrate the return while also benefiting neighbors in need across America during this difficult time, NASCAR driver Aric Almirola and sponsor Smithfield have teamed up for the Good Food Challenge, according to a release from Smithfield Foods.

Smithfield Foods will donate more than 40 million servings of protein to Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks as part of the challenge. While Aric is inviting his fans to participate through a specialty paint scheme for the No. 10 car that he’ll pilot during both Darlington races, the release says. People can participate in one of two ways below:

  1. Donate directly to Feeding America by clicking the ‘Donate Now’ button on the Good Food Challenge landing page.
  2. Or, even easier, post to social media using #GoodFoodChallenge. For every post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter between Thursday, May 14 to Thursday, May 21, 2020, Smithfield Foods will donate 10 servings of protein to Feeding America.

Pennsylvania’s Pig Farmers Donate Nearly 90,000 Pounds of Pork to Aid in COVID-19 Response Efforts

The Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, the Pennsylvania Pork Strategic Investment Program, and industry partners teamed up to provide almost 90,000 pounds of protein to Feeding Pennsylvania in an effort to offer much needed assistance to in-need neighbors throughout the state. The pork, including a variety of cuts such as tenderloin, chops, bacon, sausage, and more, will be distributed statewide to Feeding Pennsylvania’s nine member food banks that aim to provide hunger relief to communities in all 67 of the state’s counties, according to a release from the groups.

“Giving back to our communities is an important part of what we do as pig farmers,” offered Melissa Boess, Chair of the PA Pork Strategic Investment Program, in the release. “We’re hopeful that offering a meal to our neighbors in need will bring comfort to those facing food insecurity during these uncertain times.”

One in eight Pennsylvanians regularly experiences food insecurity under normal circumstances.

“We’ve seen an alarming rise in need as a result of economic instability caused by COVID-19. As we see the need for essentials, including food, dramatically increasing, we’re grateful for friends like Pennsylvania’s pig farmers and their generous contribution,” shared Jane Clements-Smith, Executive Director of Feeding Pennsylvania, in the release. “This donation will further support our work to ensure that no one in Pennsylvania goes without access to safe and nourishing food throughout the pandemic response efforts.”

The pork donated was proudly produced in Pennsylvania and will provide 360,000 servings of protein to families across the state, the release says.